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The F-35A Lightning II and F-35C Lightning II will have supersonic missiles AARGM-ER (Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range), is designed to destroy enemy radars missile defense (NMD), reports The Drive.
AARGM-ER (AGM-88G) is generated based on the AGM-88E. According to the relevant program Manager of head Department of arms of the U.S. Navy Matthew Commerford, the application of which results in the publication, AGM-88G provides, compared with the AGM-88E, “the same lethality, but in a smaller size”.
From the second you first get a system of guidance and control, and different modular combat compartment and a compact warhead technology LEO (Lethality Enhanced Ordnance) . The rocket will be placed in the inner compartment of the F-35A Lightning II and F-35C Lightning II, but not the F-35B Lightning II.
Flight tests of the AGM-88G is scheduled for 2021. F-35A Lightning II and F-35C Lightning II will begin to receive serial rocket in 2025. The amount of the contract, signed in March, the BBC and the American company Northrop Grumman, is estimated at 322,5 million dollars.
Characteristics of the AGM-88G were not disclosed, but it is known that AGM-88E flies to a range of more than 130 kilometers, and its velocity when approaching the target up to 2 of Mach numbers.
A family of multifunctional fifth generation fighter F-35 Lightning II produced in 2001, the American military-industrial corporations Lockheed Martin. The plane is made in three versions: A (for air force), B (short takeoff and vertical landing) and C (deck).
Earlier in may, Lockheed Martin introduced the concept of carrier-based fighter F-35C Lightning II with a pair of hypersonic cruise missiles, created in the framework of HAWC (Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept).
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